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Developing Affordable Housing Through Faith-Based Partnerships
Developing Affordable Housing Through Faith-Based Partnerships

Addressing the high cost and limited stock of available housing units in the Washington, D.C. region requires innovative solutions and partnerships to ensure that low-income households can access affordable housing.



A Look Back at Hurricane Katrina
A Look Back at Hurricane Katrina

In late August 2021, we received reports of a strengthening storm — Hurricane Ida — that was projected to make landfall in Louisiana.




El Monte, California Takes Initiative To House Local Homeless and Unserved Veterans
El Monte, California Takes Initiative To House Local Homeless and Unserved Veterans

In 2019, approximately 1 out of 500 veterans in the United States were experiencing homelessness.




Adaptive Reuse of Historic High School Provides a Low-Carbon Community for Seniors in East Haven, Connecticut
Adaptive Reuse of Historic High School Provides a Low-Carbon Community for Seniors in East Haven, Connecticut

East Haven High School in East Haven, Connecticut, had been vacant for more than 20 years when town officials issued a request for proposals to rehabilitate the historic landmark.




The Johnson Ranch Development Brings Workforce Housing to Rapid City, South Dakota
The Johnson Ranch Development Brings Workforce Housing to Rapid City, South Dakota

Johnson Ranch provides 77 single-family homes, a group foster house with affiliated apartments, and community spaces for residents of Rapid City, South Dakota.




Fostering Positive Outcomes Through Community Violence Intervention
Fostering Positive Outcomes Through Community Violence Intervention

Across large U.S. cities in 2020, violent crimes such as homicides and gun assaults rose 30 percent and 8 percent compared to 2019, respectively, particularly impacting communities of color and high-poverty neighborhoods.



Creating Service-Rich Affordable Housing in a Long-Abandoned Industrial Building in Chicago
Creating Service-Rich Affordable Housing in a Long-Abandoned Industrial Building in Chicago

The 2017 completion of the Lofts on Arthington — a 181-unit affordable housing development with wraparound services built by mission-driven developer Mercy Housing Lakefront (MHL) — represents one of the final stages in a decades-long effort to rebuild the Homan Square neighborhood of Chicago.




Innovative Funding Provides Culturally Specific Affordable Housing to Native Americans
Innovative Funding Provides Culturally Specific Affordable Housing to Native Americans

For the first time in the United States, Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program funds were used to construct affordable housing outside of reservation lands.




The Bloom Colocates Affordable Housing and Emergency Shelter in Alexandria, Virginia
The Bloom Colocates Affordable Housing and Emergency Shelter in Alexandria, Virginia

Opened in 2020, the Bloom is a 97-unit affordable housing development that shares its 7-story building in the Braddock Road neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, with Carpenter’s Shelter, a ground-floor emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness.



Equitable Rebuilding in Detroit Through the Strategic Neighborhood Fund
Equitable Rebuilding in Detroit Through the Strategic Neighborhood Fund

African-American residents of Detroit experienced devastating effects from the Great Recession. Job losses in the auto industry set off a chain reaction of income loss, declining property values, and depressed municipal tax revenue that induced the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.



The Village at Washington Terrace Preserves Affordable Housing in Gentrifying East Raleigh, North Carolina
The Village at Washington Terrace Preserves Affordable Housing in Gentrifying East Raleigh, North Carolina

Opened in 2019, The Village at Washington Terrace is an affordable housing development located in the historic East Raleigh neighborhood of Raleigh, North Carolina.



The Atlantis Apartments Provide Affordable, Accessible Units for Residents With Disabilities in Denver, Colorado
The Atlantis Apartments Provide Affordable, Accessible Units for Residents  With Disabilities in Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado, like many communities across the United States, has struggled to address the affordable housing needs of people with disabilities because housing that is both affordable and accessible to people experiencing physical, sensory, intellectual, or developmental disabilities is in short supply.


Leveraging Private Investment To Meet Affordable Housing Needs
Leveraging Private Investment To Meet Affordable Housing Needs

Public spending forms the basis of affordable housing production or preservation. When public funds are unavailable or prioritized elsewhere, however, nongovernmental entities can fill this financing gap with private investment funds.



New Affordable Housing and New Opportunity in LaGrange, Georgia
The New Rolland Curtis Gardens Preserves and Expands Transit-Adjacent Affordable Housing in Los Angeles

For the first time in nearly 50 years, the LaGrange Housing Authority (LHA), which serves the small city of LaGrange, Georgia, as well as the rest of Troup County and other nearby areas, completed a new affordable housing project.



The 2021 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition
The 2021 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition

The 2021 Innovation in Affordable Housing (IAH) Student Design and Planning Competition partnered with Fresno Housing Authority (FHA) to challenge teams to create innovative workforce housing solutions for residents of Firebaugh, California.



The New Rolland Curtis Gardens Preserves and Expands Transit-Adjacent Affordable Housing in Los Angeles
The New Rolland Curtis Gardens Preserves and Expands Transit-Adjacent Affordable Housing in Los Angeles

Rolland Curtis Gardens opened in November 2019 in the Exposition Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.




Revitalization Effort in Historic District Supports Rehabilitation of Old Wooden Mill
Revitalization Effort in Historic District Supports Rehabilitation of Old Wooden Mill

The city of Thomasville, North Carolina, is known for its history as a top manufacturer of high-end furniture for most of the 20th century.




2021 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition Site Visit: Fresno Housing Authority, City of Firebaugh, California
2021 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition Site Visit: Fresno Housing Authority, City of Firebaugh, California

This year’s Innovation in Affordable Housing (IAH) Student Design and Planning Competition will challenge the four final teams to create innovative housing solutions for residents of Firebaugh, California, a largely agricultural community.



Housing Indigenous Youth Helps Heal Intergenerational Trauma
Housing Indigenous Youth Helps Heal Intergenerational Trauma

In Minnesota, residents identifying as Native American comprise 2 percent of the state’s population yet represent 22 percent of all homeless youth.




Closing the African American Homeownership Gap
Closing the African American Homeownership Gap

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibits discrimination based on race in the sale of housing, yet African Americans still experience the effects of explicit and implicit policies that barred them from the housing market before the act’s passage as well as ongoing discrimination in some cases.